North Dakota is meeting its steam pressure requirements for suspended crude oil at 13.7 psi but it is changing frequency and timing of the test when companies are likely to struggle to fulfill the requirement.
Instead of quarterly trials, the industry will have to carry out two tests annually, in colder months, when state standards are likely to be lost. One test would be between October 1 and 31st December, and the second between January 1 and March 31, at least 30 days.
Companies who fail to submit quarterly results would subsequently be put in place, until they reach four consecutive tests that meet the standards. They may also have to test steam pressure more frequently, at the discretion of the North Dakota Industrial Commission.
Those companies that deliver pipelines do not have steam pressure standards that meet or beat state standards exempt from testing, but they must create paperwork.
Companies that choose a separation method that do not impose the Mineral Resources of the Mineral Resources must file filing tests that show their protocols to achieve the correct steam pressure.
The order also allows periodic inspection of production facilities to establish compliance with standards, preventing the blending of crude oil with natural gas liquids, and asks rail transport facilities to notify the Industrial Commission of any federal standard breaches .
According to data from the Department of Mineral Resources, 60 out of 60,000 steam pressure has not been tested to meet the state pressure standard of 13.7 psi since its acceptance. The failures were generally in the winter months. In November, in fact there were a majority of the 60 data points.
Kari Cutting, in the light of the commission in support of the changes, pointed out that the pipeline transport is now the most crude, which already requires steam pressure standards that meet or exceed the standard of the state. The result is that the company's steam pressure quality does not comply with the product's pipeline, and loss of sale.
Dakota Access specifies, for example, a steam pressure of 12.5 to 13.7, depending on the period of the year, and the crude oil falling outside the specified range is not accepted. At Pakota terminal for Dakota Access, 10.59 psi is the raw Bakken actually about when it comes.
Companies who were delivering these pipelines decreased sampling without complying, saying Cutting. This allows regulators to concentrate limited resources where problems are more likely.
Regarding the 300,000-odd barrels still on rail to east and west coastal refineries, Gear suggested that it would make more sense to close the test point closer to the actual entry point in the rail system.
"Since the order was intended to ensure safe transport by rail, a steam pressure test should be aligned with the place where the raw oil is physically provided in rail transport," she said. "To be clear, the North Dakota Petroleum County Council and its members do not want to meet the requirements of appropriate gas liquid separation, leaving a steam pressure of 13.7 psi or less. They recommend that the requirement be modified submit a steam pressure data to the Mineral Resources Department at the current prescribed frequency, at the current prescribed places, and on the oil oil transported by the pipeline. "
It also argues that facilities are allowed to choose the best methods to meet steam pressure standards, taking into account the results of the Bakken Energy Research Council Maximizing Production Study. The study is not available publicly, but Cutting said that it showed that the best conditions to achieve steam pressure standards could be substantially achieved from one facility to the next.
"The industry wants to have the best operation of equipment to achieve steam pressure standards, rather than strictly demanding certain temperature and pressure requirements," Cutting said.
Certain temperatures can be strictly adhered to unnecessary product loss at certain times of the year, which often means more components of raw gas being driven as necessary.
Meanwhile, Dakota Resources Council argued that the proposed changes are not of the public interest, and also argued that there is a need for a lower steam pressure.
The 60,000 data points show the state's Oil and Gas Division that companies are meeting current standards with appropriate facilitation, which the Council said in its evidence. In fact, the order and the seizures are well above already under 13.7.
"Dakota Resources Council is of the opinion that the commission should respond to such data by strengthening the order, rather than weakening the order," said the Resource Council evidence. "We recommend that the Commission require oil oil producers to be provided until 9.0 psi or less."
That is the level that the Attorney General of New York and five general state attorneys ask for federal pipeline regulators.
This number was not selected from "thin air." It was based on experts' reports on raw transport safety.
"We do not think it would be wise to make a quarterly test that it is one way that the commission can continually evaluate success or failure, especially if the Commission decides to strengthen the order , rather than weaken it. "
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